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  • Started 7 years ago by missing_kskd
  • Latest reply from motozak3

  1. missing_kskd
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  2. motozak3
    Member

    Uhhhhh.......no. Probably the only one of these I could see as being even marginally a "hack" would be the hotel-widescreen-USB-jack-turned-5-volt-charger thing.

    Otherwise, it looks like somebody's been reading Heloise's column. Most of these things are household tips that have been known for years, if not decades!

    Posted on October 20, 2012 - 07:21 PM #
  3. missing_kskd
    Member

    Well, I knew of perhaps a third. In any case, hack or not, do you have any others?

    The toilet paper tube as phone speaker is great, BTW!

    Posted on October 20, 2012 - 07:26 PM #
  4. motozak3
    Member

    Well, as far *household hints* (you do still have some time to change the title of this thread!) go:

    If you fill a smaller laundry detergent bottle from a large one, rinse out the large bottle a couple times when the washing machine's filling up and pour it into the drum. There's usually enough detergent remaining in the bottle to do another load.

    Same with chocolate syrup: pour some milk into the bottle and shake it about when you're almost out of Hershey's. There's usually enough of that stuff left in the bottle for another glass of chocolate milk.

    If you're a heavy sleeper, put a metal charger or baking pan under your alarm clock after you wind it up.

    If you're using a particularly loud printer or pounding on a noisy typewriter as someone on an adjacent room is trying to sleep, stuff a couple towels under the door of the room you're in to deaden the noise.

    If you're a photographer and you're having a yard sale, a tripod with its top tube extended makes an excellent stand for your driveway sign.

    If you have a radio mounted to the handles of your mountain bike, strip about 2" off either end of a piece of wire and wrap one end of it around the base of the radio's whip aerial. Strip some of the plastic off the metal on your brake cable's housing and wrap the other end of the wire about it. Secure both ends with some electrical tape or silicone sealler. That way you won't lose reception of your station and you don't have to worry about putting somebody's eye out.

    Keep a small open container of water in the microwave when it's not in use, in case somebody acidentally turns it on when there's no food in it. Likewise, keep a small open container of baking soda or borax in the microwave when it's not in use, to absorb lingering food odours in the chamber (especially if you're heating up coffee in the same microwave someone uses to heat up their Mexican ph00d, to avoid the dreaded "enchilatte" syndrome.)

    If you're going to be travelling from a particularly nasty airportor train station where the fascist customs or Transportation Surveillance Authority guy absolutely insists on frisking everybody's carry-ons with no exception at the other end of the X-ray machine "just because he can", type up a manifest of your bag's contents the night before and hand it to him in order to make his job (and your life) slightly easier. Better yet if you type up the Fourth Amendment and attach it to the bottom of the manifest.

    Ameri¢an Off£ine CDs hung from strings and attached to your facia boards repels birds so they don't fly into the windows. Likewise, make a couple crosses out of a couple wood dowels and plant them in sunny areas of your newly-planted victory garden, so the birds don't fly in and eat the seeds.

    Posted on October 20, 2012 - 07:38 PM #
  5. duxrule
    Member

    "Don't sweat the petty stuff and don't pet the sweaty stuff."

    Posted on October 21, 2012 - 07:28 AM #
  6. motozak3
    Member

    If it appears that the whipping cream's just not going to whip, put two teaspoons per pint of cream of unflavoured gelatine in the mixture.

    Posted on October 21, 2012 - 12:18 PM #
  7. motozak3
    Member

    If you're going away for a while or have a bathroom that is used infrequently, flush the toilets and sprinkle some borax all around the inside of the bowl. This keeps mildew from forming around the water line. When you return or use the bathroom, flush the toilet a couple times. Likewise, put a couple tablespoons of borax down the sink drain to keep that funky musty odour from forming.

    Empty plastic bathroom or baby wipe boxes make excellent storage containers for batteries, spare parts, photographs, ketchup packets etc.

    Posted on October 21, 2012 - 03:52 PM #